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December 15, 2018

Too many scootersRe: “No slowdown in scooter boom,” front page, Tuesday:The scooter clutter is getting out of hand. While walking recently, I counted 215 scooters parked on Commerce Street, just in the two-plus blocks from Alamo Street to Interstate 37-U.S. 281. Most of these are not even used during the day. And now we are going to add even more companies, along with dockless bicycles?I enjoy tech and transportation advances as much as the next person, but this is making a mess of downtown sidewalks. The city needs to put some limits on the quantity of scooters and bikes that can be placed on a block. My preference would be to have designated locations, similar to the B-Cycles, whose business, I assume, is now dead and will shortly disappear.In fact, how can these scooter businesses be profitable with the investment, and picking up and charging 10,000 of them every night? Are these companies just hoping to be the last one standing? Where is the common sense?Richard ThelenRepeating historyRe: “Asylum crisis exists only in imagination,” Editorial, Nov. 26:Uncontrolled migration that became uncontrollable contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. That is history.The belief that denying or ignoring history will prevent its being repeated exists in imagination.Bob Barton, KerrvilleHe’s applyingAn open letter to President Donald Trump:I understand you are having difficulty finding a competent person to fill the position of chief of staff. Setting aside the issue of competency, I think I would be perfect person for the job. Keep your own words in mind when you consider my application: “What have you got got to lose?”David H. PlylarProtect pensionsRe: “Protect Texas education, protect the TRS,” Another View, by Thomas H. Kreneck, Monday:As a retired Texas public school teacher, I am always interested in anything concerning the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.Dr. Kreneck is absolutely correct in his defense of TRS from special interests groups that would destroy it. Retired teachers deserve better, and they deserve a cost-of-living increase. I’ve been retired for many years, and I’ve never had an increase in my teacher retiree pay.As Dr. Kreneck said: “People should remind legislators that hurting TRS will undermine the teaching profession and will lower the quality of education for Texas students of all backgrounds.”Richard Sharer

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